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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, September 27 to Thursday, October 3

By Kyle Walker

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Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland for arts-lovers to feast on. This week's picks include a flood for the senses, a classical music world premiere, and death itself.

1 IRISH country star Derek Ryan returns to Eden Court this weekend for one night only.

The Garryhill singer – who moved into country music after spending time as part of boyband D-Side – brings his voice and songs to Inverness on Friday night for a nearly sold out show. The night will feature a mixture of classic Irish and country songs alongside Derek’s original songs.

The show starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £27 (£22 restricted view) – go to www.eden-court.co.uk

2 MULTI-sensory performance Bodies of Water travels to the far north this Saturday for two performances at Reiss Village Hall.

The production – which examines humanity’s relationship with water as a substance and a concept – had its world premiere performance at Findhorn last weekend.

The two performances take place at 3pm (suitable for eight-plus) and 8pm, and tickets cost £10 each (£6 concession). Go to www.lytharts.org.uk

Bodies of Water.
Bodies of Water.

3 A WORLD premiere of a new piece as composed by the award-winning Andy Evans will happen in Cromarty this weekend.

The piece The Sutors Suite will be performed by the Aurora Ensemble – drawn from the ranks of the Mahler Players – at the Ross-shire village’s Stables on Sunday afternoon.

The concert – which will also feature Beethoven’s Septet and Dvorak’s American quartet – begins at 4pm, and tickets cost £13 (£11 concession, school kids go free). Go to www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk

4 A SPECIAL talk from a renowned personal trainer who has fought the odds – and his own mental health – to reach the top will take place at Eden Court next week.

Alan Goodwin’s talk – Mental Health Matters: The Man Behind the Muscle – will go in depth on his struggles with and insights on ME and severe depression throughout his adult life, with a question and answer session after.

The talk begins at 7pm and tickets cost £11 – go to www.eden-court.co.uk

Alan Goodwin who is the focus of mental wellness film...Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.043557.
Alan Goodwin who is the focus of mental wellness film...Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No.043557.

5 A ONE woman show about death is set to unearth a few skeletons at Findhorn when it arrives at the Universal Hall.

From Liz Rothschild – performer, celebrant and award-winning burial ground owner – the show Outside the Box: A Live Show about Death will offer humour, intelligence and a little bit of taboo-busting in Moray on Wednesday evening.

The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 (£8 concession, £5 under-16s). Go to www.universalhall.co.uk

6 SCOTTISH stand up legend Janey Godley has doubled up her shows at Eden Court next week – after the first show sold out.

The Glasgow comedian – who has become a viral sensation for her voiceover videos and Twitter presence – has added a show at the Inverness theatre on Wednesday night after tickets for her Tuesday night show were all snapped up.

The gig begins at 8pm and tickets cost £17 – go to www.eden-court.co.uk

7 LORENZO Novani follows up his recent tour of the Highlands with street magic show Poet of the Impossible with a performance of his one-man theatre production Cracked Tiles next week.

The actor, writer and occasional street magician brings the play – about one man, his late father, and the mystery inside his chip shop – to the Muir Hub at Muir of Ord on Thursday night.

The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10. Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk

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